Patti Smith: Advice to the young (YouTube)
"Build a good name", rock poet Patti Smith advises the young. "Don't worry about earning a bunch of money, be concerned about doing good work. Keep your name clean. Eventually your name will become it's own currency".
Amy Taubin: "Every Man for Himself: Themes and Variations" (Criterion)
An occasionally hilarious and almost as often grief-stricken social satire in which an asshole TV director named Paul Godard is the butt of the joke, Every Man for Himself marked Jean-Luc Godard's return to making 35 mm feature films for theatrical release, after devoting himself in the 1970s to political critiques and series television produced on 16 mm and video.
Fletching (also known as a flight) is the aerodynamic stabilization of arrows or darts with materials such as feathers, each piece of which is referred to as a fletch. A fletcher is a maker of arrows.
As a noun, fletching refers collectively to the fins or vanes, each of which individually is known as a fletch. Traditionally, the fletching consists of three matched half-feathers attached near the back of the arrow or dart's shaft that are equally spaced around its circumference. Four fletchings have also been used historically. Today, modern plastics may be used instead. Fletches were traditionally attached with glue and silk thread, but with modern glues thread is no longer necessary unless the arrow is a reproduction of a medieval war arrow. The fletching is used to stabilize the arrow aerodynamically.
Randall was first, and correct, with:
Didn't have to look this one up!
A FLETCHER makes ARROWS.
err... I mean
Alan J answered:
An Arrow Maker.
Loopy Of Oregon wrote:
Hey, I KNOW this one! Being an able Fletcher will be soon
bring you job security when we go all "Hunger Games" up in
here and everybody needs them some arrows to shoot down a
squirrel fer dinner. Boy Howdy, it's a commin'.
P.S. Dale, I am sad & horrified to read of your rectal
ordeal! Some think the risks outweigh the benefits of that
particular medical ordeal. In any event, be assured I will
keep your asshole ever in my thoughts (they say energy flows
where attention goes!) and profoundly hope for your
continued health and well being! Live long and prosper!
A fletcher makes arrows.
Dale, I read The Population Bomb when it was releaed, and I thought at the time that the problem was too obvious to deny, but of course that hasn't stopped people from denying it even when the "bomb" is exploding in front of their noses. When Ehrlich is asked about criticism of the book nowadays he always says the biggest problem with it was that it was too optimistic.
It has to do with flight, but it's not entirely for the birds.
Fletchers make arrows, particularly the feather inserts that make them
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
a person who fletches arrows
This one I know: A flletcher makes arrows.
How I hated those pointy-boob-making bras! Maybe that's why I went with whiskey. (c;
The skies unzipped today and for a while the rain was worthier of "Rainmmaggdeon" Now, not so much. At least it's still raining. Hope you SoCaler get wet, too.
Rain comes to NorCal, at last! It's not a toad-strangler (yet) but it'll help. Dale may have some winds to contend with, as well as rain.
Danale of Diamondy Springs, Norcaliful responded:
A fletcher is a maker of arrows. Get those feathers on perfectly so that a launched missile will fly straight into its intended target. Thwack!
This week on Titacular Friday:
The Girls of Sunday Night
DJ Useo answered:
I dunno. Is it something to do with Chevy Chase? lol
An occupational name for an arrowsmith ~ a person who makes arrows. Chief Arrow Smith! : )
Joe S replied:
A Fletcher is the guy who puts the feathers on the arrows. Not as easy as it sounds. Being an archer, I know this. Well, I used to be an archer, back when I could pull the bow.
Just call me Cupid.
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CBS begins the night with a RERUN'NCIS', followed by a RERUN'NCIS: The 3rd One', then '48 Hours'.
NBC opens the night with 'Dateline', followed by an hourlong RERUN'SNL' (from 10/27/90) with Patrick Swayze hosting, music by Mariah Carey.
'SNL' is a RERUN (from 12/20/14) with Amy Adams hosting, music by One Direction.
ABC fills night with the movie 'Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone'.
The CW offers an old '2½ Men', followed by another old '2½ Men', then an old 'Family Guy', followed by another old 'Family Guy'.
Faux fills the night with a FRESH'Red Band Society'.
MY has an old 'Burn Notice', followed by another old 'Burn Notice'.
A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', 'Nightwatch', and another 'Nightwatch'.
[6:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 4 - Ep 4 - The Fish and Anchor
[7:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 9 - Le Bistro
[8:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 8 - La Frite
[9:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 9 - Capri
[10:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 6 - Ep 3 - La Granada Divino
[11:00AM] Million Dollar Critic - Season 1 - Ep 3 - Toronto
[12:00PM] Top Gear - Season 12 - Episode 1
[1:00PM] Top Gear - Season 12 - Episode 2
[2:00PM] Top Gear - Season 22 - Episode 2
[3:00PM] Mud, Sweat & Gears - Season 1 - Ep 2 - Demolition
[4:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 10 - The Loss
[5:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 11 - Data's Day
[6:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 12 - The Wounded
[7:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 13 - Devil's Due
[8:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 14 - Clues
[9:00PM] The Musketeers - Season 2 - Ep 4 - Emilie NEW
[10:15PM] The Graham Norton Show - Season 16 - Episode 17 NEW
[11:15PM] The Graham Norton Show - Season 16 - Episode 5
[12:00AM] The Musketeers - Season 2 - Ep 4 - Emilie
[1:15AM] The Graham Norton Show - Season 16 - Episode 17
[2:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 11 - Data's Day
[3:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 12 - The Wounded
[4:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 13 - Devil's Due
[5:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 14 - Clues (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has the movie 'How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days', followed by the movie 'Baby Mama', then the movie 'Baby Mama', again.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Couples Retreat', followed by the movie 'Tower Heist'.
FX has the movie 'Thor', followed by a crapper load of 'Mike & Molly'.
[6:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-ZOE SALDANA WEARS A TAN BLOUSE AND GLASSES
[6:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-GILLIAN JACOBS WEARS A RED DRESS WITH SAIL BOATS
[7:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-CRAIG ROBINSON
[7:15AM] KUNG POW: ENTER THE FIST
[9:00AM] BATMAN-THE WAIL OF THE SIREN
[9:33AM] BATMAN-THE SPORT OF PENGUINS
[10:06AM] BATMAN-A HORSE OF ANOTHER COLOR
[10:39AM] BATMAN-THE UNKINDEST TUT OF ALL
[11:12AM] BATMAN-LOUIE, THE LILAC
[11:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-SIMON HELBERG WEARS A SKY BLUE BUTTON DOWN AND JEANS
[12:15PM] PORTLANDIA-4TH OF JULY
[12:45PM] NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION
[3:00PM] VEGAS VACATION
[5:00PM] ENEMY AT THE GATES
[2:00AM] ENEMY AT THE GATES
[5:00AM] PORTLANDIA-4TH OF JULY
[5:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-SIMON HELBERG WEARS A SKY BLUE BUTTON DOWN AND JEANS (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & Comfort Food
[7:00AM] The Edge
[9:30AM] The Beach
[12:00PM] The Final Cut
[4:30PM] The Terminator
[6:45PM] The Terminator
[9:00PM] The Fugitive
[11:45PM] Midnight Run
[2:30AM] The Thin Red Line (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Independence Day', followed by the movie 'Fantastic Four'.
Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, arrive at the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honoring Bob Dylan in Los Angeles, California February 6, 2015.
Photo by Mario Anzuoni
Fracking Puts Governor At Odds With Environmentalists
In the 1970s, the environmental movement had no bigger political hero than California Gov. Jerry Brown. He cracked down on polluters, ended tax breaks for oil companies and promoted solar energy.
Forty years later, in his second go-around as governor, conservationists are among his harshest critics.
Climate change is one of Brown's key issues, and he said in his inaugural address last month that his goal is to have California get half its energy from renewable sources within 15 years.
But because he has refused to ban hydraulic fracturing for oil, protesters, or "fracktivists," have dogged Brown for more than a year, even interrupting his speech at the Democratic Party convention last spring.
"Climate leaders don't frack," said Kassie Siegal of the Center for Biological Diversity, a group that praises Brown's programs to boost renewable energy. "The oil and gas boom threatens to undercut all the other progress that our state may make on climate."
A Vermont student's proposal for a state motto in Latin drew a burst of Internet fire from people who apparently confused the Romans' language with Latin America, but the teenager is taking it in stride.
Sen. Joe Benning, a Caledonia County Republican, filed a bill on behalf of St. Johnsbury Academy ninth-grader Angela Kubicke, who proposed that Vermont add to its English-language motto, "Freedom & Unity," one in Latin: "Stella quarta decima fulgeat."
That means "The 14th Star Shines Bright," honoring Vermont's history as the 14th state to join the Union following the original 13 colonies.
When television station WCAX did a story about the proposal, its website's comment section lit up with vitriol, with many seemingly linking the Latin motto to the immigration debate. Those comments were followed by others trying to deliver a combined lesson in language, history and geography.
Kubicke called the Internet reaction "a little bit appalling. It's a lack of knowledge. I think that's why this motto is very important. It sheds a light on the classics."
California wildlife authorities are asking residents to take down bird baths and feeders if they spot sick or dead birds in their yards as experts closely monitor a disease afflicting the state's only native pigeon species.
Increased mortality rates have been reported since mid-December among California's band-tailed pigeons, which are seen in flocks up to 200-strong during the winter in coastal areas from the San Francisco Bay Area south into Santa Barbara County and in the San Bernardino Mountains.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) blames the deaths on Avian Trichomonosis, a disease caused by a single-celled microscopic protozoan parasite transmitted to the band-tailed pigeons by non-native rock pigeons, also known as city pigeons, which were introduced to North America from Europe.
The parasite, which only infects birds, lives in the mouth and throat of infected pigeons and causes lesions in the mouth or esophagus that eventually block the passage of food. Infected birds finally die from starvation or suffocation.
A 12-year-old member of a Japanese pop group lapsed into a coma after inhaling helium for a stunt on a television show, a broadcaster said Thursday.
The girl is part of 3B Junior, a 25-strong collective of 10-to-16-year-olds, and was one of five youngsters taking part in the recording of a variety show on January 28, a spokesman for TV Asahi said.
She was inhaling helium from a cannister as part of a game that involved changing her voice, when she fell unconscious.
She was rushed to a Tokyo hospital, where local media reported she was found to have suffered an embolism in the blood supply to her brain.
Inhaling helium is a common party trick but previous deaths have been recorded. The UK's Public Health Agency warns that "breathing in helium... deprives vital organs of essential oxygen" and can can cause "dizziness, headache and suffocation".
A 14-year-old schoolgirl jailed for trying to attack Israeli soldiers has become a symbol of Palestinian anger over the arrests of children in the occupied territories.
The two-month sentence for Malak al-Khatib, who was accused of stone-throwing and possession of a knife, has unleashed a wave of solidarity and support among Palestinians.
Israeli forces arrest about 1,000 children every year in the occupied West Bank, often on charges of stone-throwing, according to rights group Defence for Children International Palestine (DCI Palestine).
But the case of Malak has brought countless media organisations flocking to her family's door and attracted more public attention than most. The difference -- she is a girl.
The Palestinian Prisoners' Club estimates that 200 Palestinian minors are held in Israeli prisons, but only four are girls, and Malak is the youngest.
Director Andrew Haigh, actress Charlotte Rampling and actor Sir Tom Courtenay, from left, pose on the red carpet for the premiere of the film 45 Years at the 2015 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015.
Photo by Michael Sohn
A 4.3 magnitude earthquake rattled Alfalfa County in northern Oklahoma Thursday, damaging the county courthouse but causing no injuries.
It was one of several earthquakes, ranging in magnitude from 2.9 to 3.8, that the U.S. Geological Survey said have been recorded in Alfalfa County since about 10 p.m. Wednesday.
The temblor occurred just days after SandRidge Energy injection well in the same area was shut down because of a 4.1 magnitude earthquake about 7 miles east of Thursday's quake.
Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner (R-Corporate Whore) said SandRidge's permit for the well required that it be shut down because of the seismic activity. The well is being used to dispose of wastewater related to oil drilling.
American Riviera Award winners Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke attend the Hennessy Paradis Imperial Reception at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the Arlington Theatre on Thursday, Feb 6, 2015 in Santa Barbara, California
Photo by Todd Williamson
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Weasel) abruptly backed off Wednesday from a contentious plan to eliminate the University of Wisconsin System's public service mission statement known as the "Wisconsin Idea" and replace it with the charge of meeting the state's workforce needs.
Walker spokeswoman Laurel Patrick said in an email late Wednesday afternoon that the change was a drafting error and the Wisconsin Idea will remain in the state budget.
A UW website dedicated to the Wisconsin Idea describes it as "the principle that the university should improve people's lives beyond the classroom." It has been a guiding principle of the university, extending to teaching, research, outreach and public service.
Walker, a likely 2016 Republican presidential candidate, had tucked the wording change into his nearly 2,000-page budget proposal on Tuesday but did not mention it in his 25-minute speech to the Legislature.
The governor, who does not have a college degree, has proposed $300 million in cuts to the UW System in exchange for more autonomy and freedom from state oversight. He presented it as a bold idea that will give the university the freedom it wants from state oversight to chart its own future.
It is decades since Li Fengqin's father was cut apart by Japanese doctors at a covert base used for human experiments, but she still hopes Tokyo will confront one of World War Two's most barbaric Asian chapters.
The world last week remembered 70 years since Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz, a site that has become a global byword for acts of inhumanity.
Eight months later the Red Army was sweeping through northern China where its forces found themselves at the gates of another camp which still conjures visions of unspeakable horror.
Unit 731 -- at first described as a lumber mill, then a water purification plant -- was built to conduct research into germ warfare, weapons capabilities and the limits of the human body, rather than for mass extermination.
One structure contains rows of cages that housed giant rats which Japanese doctors used to produce the bubonic plague unleashed on hundreds of thousands of Chinese.
The number of drivers on the road with alcohol in their systems has declined by nearly one-third since 2007, but there has been a large increase in drivers using marijuana and other illegal drugs, a government report released Friday found.
The report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the share of drivers who test positive for alcohol has declined by more than three-quarters since the agency first began conducting roadside surveys in 1973.
But the latest survey, conducted in 2013 and 2014, also found that 22 percent of drivers tested positive for at least one drug that could affect safety. That includes illegal drugs as well as prescription and over-the-counter medications.
The anonymous surveys have been conducted five times over the last 40 years. They gather data in dozens of locations across the country from drivers who agree to participate.
Newborn orangutan Rieke is presented during a press conference at Berlin Zoo, in Berlin, Germany, February 6, 2015. The baby was born on January 12, 2015 weighing 2,290 grams and is bottle-fed by keepers.
Photo by Ralf Hirschberger
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